Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Iodine and Low Thyroid

This same person also said, "I already use Sea Kelp which has helped with the thyroid symptoms immensely."  I have had low thyroid partly because I can not absorb many types of iodine. My doctor told me that the iodine in iodized salt is a type that is very stable and stores well, but many people can not absorb it. I couldn't. There are several other iodine compounds. You can be test to see if you absorb that type of compound. One of the best sources of iodine is Sea Kelp. Many people can absorb it well and their goiter goes away.

Can you test "normal" and still be sick?

A person who has been ill for a long time with fatigue, muscle and joint pain, throbbing pains in neck, groin and armpits, weight gain, bloating, dry skin etc asked to have their level of thyroid and cortisone tested.  All was in the "normal" range.  I tested  low but "normal" for many years. My doctor explained that most tests don't give the whole picture. For instance, my thyroid hormone levels were low but within the normal range, still I exhibited all the symptoms of low thyroid. How could that be? He explained to me that all the test measures is what thyroid hormones are in our blood stream. The test does not measure if those hormones get into my cells as they should, or if they do what they are supposed to do in my body.  I could have a resistance to a hormone and need a higher level than expected to be "normal".  My doctor uses tests, but looks at all the symptoms. When the symptoms indicate a possibility, we test that hypothesis.  I might try a B12 shot, or a different medication, or diet. If it helps, then that probably is my problem even it the tests do not clearly show it. Keeping a health journal has been a big help in identify symptoms and helping determining what is the matter.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Avoiding Parkinson's and Dementia

A woman wrote in with a question I thought others might also have.

First she said that she had neurasthenia. Since I had never heard of that ailment I looked it up and found: